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April 19, 2013

The Legal Landscape of the Sharing Economy

Most of the rules and regulations regarding business norms, liability, ownership, commerce, licencing and related matters, whether set up for ill- or well-intentioned purposes, have become meaningless or even detrimental in the new economies of networked sharing, reputation, open source design, co-operative communities, DIY industry and social entrepreneurship. Indeed, I’d go so far as to say these conflicts with the legal paradigms of the old economy are the main obstacle holding back a utter renaissance of community strength, creativity, problem-solving, beauty and abundance.

Enter the Berkeley-based Sustainable Economics Law Center (SELC) that uses legal practice and law expertise to help foster the sharing economy, collaborative and cooperative enterprises and other sustainable, community-oriented efforts.

In this presentation from last year, hear the co-directors of SELC, Janelle and Jenny, explain the social and legal implications of the networked sharing economy.

If you enjoyed this talk and are interested in the legal aspects of the sharing economy, check out this book published by one of SELC lawyers:

Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies

1 Comment »

  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Janelle, Jenny and anyone else from SELC,

    I just watched your video and felt the need to reach out to you all and introduce a new sharing platform, based in the Bay Area. It’s called yerdle, and we just launched last year on Nov. 23rd, with our Free Black Friday campaign. yerdle.com is an web and ios platform that enables friends to share (give, get, and loan) things with each other, for free! If you haven’t heard about it, please check it out. Either way, please let me know if you’re interested in collaborating.

    Cheers,
    Rachel
    rachel@yerdle.com

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